Handled Sugar (No Cover)

Item Number:  674
Approximate Size:  3¼″ H
Production Dates:  1924-1982

The Fostoria American Handled Sugar was offered two ways – with a cover, or without. The uncovered version is about 3¼” tall.  Both versions were cataloged as separate items, and sold as such.  The covered version is item 673; the uncovered version (shown in this post) is item 674.

This is an item that disproves the age-old myth that we so often hear, “All Fostoria American pieces have three seam lines.”  The Sugar and Cover comes from a four-part mould.  The sugar bowl has a smooth top rim, void of any serrated edges.

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Handled Sugar and Cover

Item Number:  673
Approximate Size:  5¼″ H
Production Dates:  1924-1982

Fostoria | American | Handled Sugar and CoverThe Handled Sugar and Cover is the only sugar server in the American pattern that was both handled and covered.  It was introduced into the 2056 line in the mid-1920’s and remained a popular item for many years.  The Handled Sugar and Cover is larger than the Tea and Individual Sugars, making it the perfect sugar dish for serving a large gathering.

While this particular item was not sold in an official set, Fostoria Glass did produce a great companion piece in the Cream.  These two items, when paired together, make for a beautiful presentation.  Due to their bigger size, they look quite appropriate sitting on a dinner or banquet table that has been set for multiple guests.

Contrary to popular belief, the Handled Sugar was also available without a Cover!  The Handled Sugar, without a lid, is about 3¼” tall.  They were cataloged as separate items, and one could purchase either the covered version – or just the sugar bowl (without a lid).  The covered version is item #673; the uncovered version is item #674.

The Handled Sugar and Cover is about 5¼″ tall.  The sugar bowl has a smooth top rim, void of any serrated edges.  This is an item that disproves the age-old myth that we so often hear, “All Fostoria American pieces have three seam lines.”  The Handled Sugar and Cover has a total of four mould seam lines – both in the sugar bowl itself, and also in the Cover.

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Individual Sugar

Item Number:  687
Height:  2½″
Production Dates:  1915-1982 (Crystal Only)

Individual Sugar - GreenThe Fostoria American Individual Sugar can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Individual Cream and Sugar Set.  The Individual Sugar is a pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and continuously stayed in production until the very end – circa 1982.

The Individual Sugar is about 2½″ tall and it was never available with a cover or lid.  The 3-Piece Set included a third item – a Sugar and Cream Tray, and it has a measurement of approximately 8″ from handle to handle.  The same Tray was used for both the Individual and Tea-sized Cream and Sugar Sets.  Of the two sets, the Individual Cream and Sugar Set is the largest.  The Tea Cream and Sugar Set is the smallest.

This item also had a very limited production in Green, mid-1920s only.  With a short life span, they are usually much harder to find than their crystal counterparts.

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Tea Sugar

Item Number:  692
Height:  2¼″
Production Dates:  1939-1974

Fostoria | American | Tea SugarThe Fostoria American Tea Sugar can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Tea Cream and Sugar Set.  Based on the name and description of this item, its purpose was to be used when serving tea.  Some folks refer to this piece as a “Mini Sugar”.  The Tea Sugar is about 2¼” tall, and it came without a lid.  It is the smallest Sugar in the American line.

As I have used this beautiful piece over the years, I noticed that its diminutive size does not easily allow a teaspoon to sit in it.  A regular spoon looks overbearing, and it tends to slip out of the bowl.  When I researched my archives, I noticed that old Fostoria ads would feature it being used with cubes of sugar – not loose sugar.  The sugar was then served with sugar tongs; not with a spoon.  This application makes perfect sense to me, as trying to get a spoon to stay in the small bowl is a bit difficult and awkward.

There is much etiquette involved when it comes to the subject of tea, and numerous types (or styles) of tea parties are known throughout the world.  A Cream Tea, Low Tea, and/or an Afternoon Tea are occasions when having an American Tea Sugar in service would be most proper and fitting.  The Tea Cream is another companion piece that is necessary for tea parties, which makes it quite easy to understand why Fostoria sold them as a set – complete with a Tray.

The Tea Cream and Sugar pieces did not have as long a production life as their bigger siblings; however, they were still made for an impressive thirty-five years!  Their actual production dates were from 1939-1974.

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Cream

Item Number:  680
Height:  4¼″
Production Dates:  1915-1982

This is the Fostoria American Large Cream Pitcher, holding approximately 9½ ounces.  It is of substantial size and weight, and the 2-Handled Sugar (with Lid) is an excellent accompaniment piece.  As far as size goes, this pitcher is larger than the Individual and Tea-Sized Pitchers – with an approximate height of 4″, and a width of 5½” (lip to handle.)

This larger cream pitcher had a long production life and can be found rather easily in the aftermarket.  A word of caution – there is a very similar piece in another glass pattern called American Whitehall.  If you are thinking of purchasing this pitcher, you will need to examine it carefully to make sure that you are buying genuine Fostoria – and not a look-alike piece.

The Fostoria American Cream is the largest of the three tabletop creamers.  It is another pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and it was actually offered in a 4-Pc. Tea Set.  The four pieces included the Cream, a Sugar & Cover, a round Butter & Cover, and the Spoon (aka Spooner).  A customer could buy the individual pieces separately, or as a set.

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Individual Cream

Item Number:  688
Height:  3″
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Fostoria American Individual Creamer can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Individual Cream and Sugar Set.  The Individual Creamer is a pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and it continuously stayed in production until the very end – circa 1982.

The Individual Creamer is about 3″ tall and has a holding capacity of approximately 4 ounces.  The 3-Piece Set included a third item – a Sugar and Cream Tray, and it has a measurement of approximately 8″ from handle to handle.  The same Tray was used for both the Individual and Tea-sized Cream and Sugar Sets.  Of the two sets, the Individual Cream and Sugar Set is the largest.  The Tea Cream and Sugar Set is the smallest.

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